Connected Worlds is one of the enterprises supported by Sheffield Flourish.
Informed by storytelling techniques used in Storying Sheffield, Connected Worlds run art-based courses to connect people and provide a creative space for them to tell and transform their stories of everyday life.
The project helps build meaningful connections, solidarity, and a sense of community for people from different backgrounds.
Rotherham Flourish is a 10 week creative course which runs twice a year at Mowbray Gardens library in Rotherham.
We use different art-based activities such as storytelling and poetry to help people with different kinds of mental health difficulties to express their thoughts in a creative and supportive space. At the end of each course, the works of participants are displayed in an exhibition and published on Sheffield Flourish website.
This collaborative project between Sheffield Flourish (Shirin Teifouri) and Mowbray Gardens Library has been funded by Rotherham City Council, Esh Communities, Lotto Awards for All, Rotherham Voluntary Action, and NHS England.
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This short film was made during the second course of the project:
“This course has helped me to express through poetry a positivity and resilience in the face of difficulty, and for that I am truly grateful.” Connected Worlds attendee
Fern Deffley also wrote a story about her experiences of the Rotherham Flourish course, and Juliet McDonald wrote a story called Why I Love Rotherham Flourish.